Tin Drum Asian Kitchen, a fast casual concept focused on fresh, bold, Asian inspired cuisine, announced today it is expanding in Georgia with a new location opening in Johns Creek on Thursday, August 10. Located at 11160 Medlock Bridge Road, the newest restaurant is owned and operated by Alonso Nava and marks the 10th Tin Drum Asian Kitchen to open in the greater Atlanta area. The grand opening will kick off with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. with the Chamber of Commerce, and doors will open to the public at 11 a.m. Guests will enjoy special prizes and giveaways, and the first 50 guests will receive free Tin Drum for an entire year. During the first week of its opening, Tin Drum will be offering $5 entrées, and kids will eat for free during the first weekend. A portion of first-weekend proceeds will be donated to the Veterans Association JC Chapter.
Prior to joining Tin Drum Asian Kitchen, Nava was a contractor and hotel owner. About one year ago, he dove in and became the sole franchise owner of the Johns Creek location—the first of his franchise concepts. From Maracaibo, Venezuela, Nava considers Tin Drum the first of what may be many U.S. business endeavors.
“I decided to become a Tin Drum franchisee because I love the franchise concept and superior cuisine,” says Nava. “I am excited about my first U.S. business venture and believe the Johns Creek market is a great place to grow. We have a wonderful, family-oriented community that has been incredibly receptive to Tin Drum’s fresh, affordable and authentic Asian street food.”
Tin Drum Asian Kitchen provides the fast service and convenience of Asian street-side cafés, prepares each meal to order using fresh, simple ingredients. The menu is a dynamic mix of traditional Asian fare with bold flavors and features cuisine inspired by the cultures of China, India, Japan, Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. The restaurant’s aggressive franchise growth is backed by the entrepreneurs at the BIP Franchise Accelerator, a division of venture capital firm BIP Capital, which invested in the brand in 2010. BIP Capital has invested more than $250 million in emerging, high-growth brands across the franchising, software, and technology and consumer products industries. BIP Capital created the BIP Franchise Accelerator to leverage its leadership team’s deep franchise experience to help emerging brands accelerates their growth. In addition to Tin Drum Asian Kitchen, the BIP Franchise Accelerator’s portfolio includes Tropical Smoothie Cafe, which has more than 570 locations nationwide.